Grieving relatives came together for the funeral of the youngest victim of the Creeslough service station explosion in County Donegal, who tragically died alongside her father

Grieving relatives came together for the funeral of the youngest victim of the Creeslough service station explosion in County Donegal, who tragically died alongside her father.

The service for five-year-old Shauna Flanagan Garwe, and her father Robert Garwe, 50, was held today at St Michael’s Church with Irish president Michael D Higgins among the mourners.

Parish priest Father John Joe Duffy said the community is still in shock over the blast at Applegreen Services Station on October 7, which killed ten people.

‘There is still that pall of silence, that grieving and mourning, that heartbreak visible to others who enter into the homes to try and offer consolation and comfort,’ he said.

‘We need help, we need the continued embrace of this country and beyond it, and prayers, and also very much so the professional supports that are being made so available to us, and thank all who are involved in that.’

Fr Duffy said Shauna and her father had been ‘side by side in the shop’, adding that Mr Garwe ‘in that split second just wanting to help protect his beautiful daughter so very much’.

A small brown wicker casket sat alongside an adult’s wooden coffin.

Fr Duffy told mourners: ‘Side by side here, we pray that they are side by side in heaven’.

Shell-shocked residents in the village lined its main street once again to pay respects as the procession began for the sixth and final funeral service for victims of the blast.

Mourners at yesterday’s funeral for the oldest victim, Hugh Kelly, 59, heard how he drove Mr Garwe and Shauna to the service station shop to buy a birthday cake for the youngster’s mother.

Shauna’s uncle Killian Flanagan has said that when they were found, Robert had his arms around his little girl.

Five-year-old Shauna Flanagan Garwe was the youngest of the ten victims killed in the blast at Applegreen Services Station in Creeslough, County Donegal, on October 7

The youngster was with her father, Zimbabwean-born Robert Garwe, 50, and had gone to the shop to buy a birthday cake for her mother, when they were caught up in the explosion

Five-year-old Shauna Flanagan Garwe (left) was the youngest of the ten victims killed in the blast at Applegreen Services Station in Creeslough, County Donegal, on October 7, alongside her father Robert, 50 (right)

Robert Garwe, 50, was described as a devoted father to five-year-old Shauna and he was holding her in his arms when their bodies were found

Robert Garwe, 50, was described as a devoted father to five-year-old Shauna and he was holding her in his arms when their bodies were found

The coffin of five-year-old Shauna Flanagan Garwe, who died following an explosion at the Applegreen service station in the village of Creeslough in Co Donegal is carried into St Michael's Church

The coffin of five-year-old Shauna Flanagan Garwe, who died following an explosion at the Applegreen service station in the village of Creeslough in Co Donegal is carried into St Michael’s Church

The coffins of Robert Garwe and his five-year-old daughter Shauna Flanagan Garwe are carried by pallbearers into the funeral service

The coffins of Robert Garwe and his five-year-old daughter Shauna Flanagan Garwe are carried by pallbearers into the funeral service

Distraught relatives followed immediately behind the two coffins as they head to St Michael's Church for the funeral mass

Distraught relatives followed immediately behind the two coffins as they head to St Michael’s Church for the funeral mass

A long procession lined the streets in Creeslough, County Donegal, for the funeral today of Shauna Flanagan Garwe, five, and her father Robert, 50

A long procession lined the streets in Creeslough, County Donegal, for the funeral today of Shauna Flanagan Garwe, five, and her father Robert, 50

Dozens of villagers came out to remember Shauna, the youngest of the ten victims of the blast, and her father Robert, who worked in construction

Dozens of villagers came out to remember Shauna, the youngest of the ten victims of the blast, and her father Robert, who worked in construction

Father John Joe Duffy blesses the coffins of Robert Garwe and his five-year-old daughter Shauna Flanagan Garwe

Father John Joe Duffy blesses the coffins of Robert Garwe and his five-year-old daughter Shauna Flanagan Garwe

Pictured: The scene of devastation at the petrol station in Creeslough is shown in this aerial photograph

Pictured: The scene of devastation at the petrol station in Creeslough is shown in this aerial photograph

Ten people were killed at an explosion at the Applegreen service station in Creeslough on Friday, October 7, whileseven people are being treated at Letterkenny Hospital in a stable condition. The boyfriend of victim Jessica Gallagher suffered serious injuries and he remains at St James' Hospital in Dublin

Ten people were killed at an explosion at the Applegreen service station in Creeslough on Friday, October 7, whileseven people are being treated at Letterkenny Hospital in a stable condition. The boyfriend of victim Jessica Gallagher suffered serious injuries and he remains at St James’ Hospital in Dublin 

Mr Garwe, 50, originally from Zimbabwe, worked in construction and could often be seen travelling around the village on his scooter.

Shauna started at Scoil Mhuire National School in Creeslough just weeks ago.

Fr Duffy told mourners: ‘Side by side here, we pray that they are side by side in heaven’.

He offered the community’s ‘most sincere sympathies’ to Mr Garwe’s partner Aine ‘on the death of your partner and your beautiful daughter’, and welcomed family members who had travelled to the service, including some from Zimbabwe.

Symbols representing different aspects of Mr Garwe and Shauna’s lives were present, including a scooter ‘which was very much part and parcel of their lives’.

‘I’m not sure who could go fastest on the scooter, طراحی سایت در مشهد but I know on feet, Shauna could outrun her dad, be it at the school gate, be it on the road where I so often saw them and met them, or be it in the shop where she helped to stack the shelves with the girls,’ Fr Duffy told mourners.

There was also a catapult for ‘hunting together’ and Shauna’s favourite unicorn teddy placed in the Creeslough church.

Fr Duffy said people are ‘feeling the pain of loss in a very profound and deep way’ in Creeslough.

He described a ‘very tough week’ adding: ‘The heartbreak is so visible in our eyes, the eyes of people emanating.

‘We are gathered here this morning, once again, to say farewell to a father and his beloved and much loving beautiful little girl.’

Mr Garwe was remembered as being proud of his Zimbabwean roots and being proud of his children.

Fr Duffy said: ‘I often talked with Bob…he just had that friendliness, keeping fit and keeping well was so important to him, and he had that beautiful love for little Shauna.’

He described Shauna as someone who ‘loved to entertain’ as he read from a poem written in tribute to her.

‘Shauna could always be heard with a giggle, and when sitting down she sure did like to wiggle,’ the priest said.

‘On her pink scooter she would come to the gate, with Kylo in tow, her little dog mate.So chatty and bubbly she just loved to play and have fun with her friends each and every day.’

The tribute went on to describe the child’s love of art and animals, adding: ‘A great vet she would have been. She was a lovable character with a mischievous way, and we will miss her so much, forever and a day.’

Fr Duffy added: ‘A truly wonderful girl who left a lasting impression on all she met.

‘She, together with her dad, were very well known in this community, together with her dad and mum, such a familiar sight up and down the road, they were always together, that little unit.’

An Order of Service is held outside St Michael's Church, in Creeslough, for the funeral mass of Robert Garwe and their five-year-old daughter Shauna Flanagan Garwe

An Order of Service is held outside St Michael’s Church, in Creeslough, for the funeral mass of Robert Garwe and their five-year-old daughter Shauna Flanagan Garwe

Today's funeral for Shauna Flanagan Garwe and her father Robert is the sixth and final funeral service to be held at St Michael's church for victims of the Creeslough blast

Today’s funeral for Shauna Flanagan Garwe and her father Robert is the sixth and final funeral service to be held at St Michael’s church for victims of the Creeslough blast

The funerals of fashion student Jessica Gallagher, 24, and Celtic supporter Martin McGill, 49, were held in Creeslough on Tuesday, while a funeral Mass for Catherine O’Donnell, 39, and her 13-year-old son James Monaghan took place on Wednesday afternoon.

A service for Sydney native James O’Flaherty, 48, was held on Wednesday in Derrybeg.

The funeral of shop worker and mother-of-four Martina Martin, 49, took place in Creeslough on Thursday morning and a service for 14-year-old Leona Harper was held at St Mary’s Church in Ramelton later that day.

Irish President Michael D Higgins has described an ‘extraordinary week’ in Co Donegal following the Creeslough service station explosion which claimed 10 lives.

Mr Higgins, who has attended most of the funerals, said: ‘First of all the great loss that this community has suffered has in many ways resonated not just to our country but to the Irish people abroad, and the messages that have come have been very important to the community.’

After attending the final funeral of Robert Garwe and his five-year-old daughter Shauna, the president said it had been extraordinary listening to the detail about the lives of those who had died.

The president paid tribute to the co-operation shown, adding the ‘best instincts and decencies of people had come to the fore’ and said the challenge for the community now was the ‘vacant spaces’ that remain.

The funeral service yesterday for farmer Hughie Kelly, 59, heard how he had driven Shauna and her father to the Applegreen Services Station while on a mission to buy a birthday cake for her mother. All three tragically died in the explosion

The funeral service yesterday for farmer Hughie Kelly, 59, heard how he had driven Shauna and her father to the Applegreen Services Station while on a mission to buy a birthday cake for her mother.All three tragically died in the explosion

Garda at the scene at the Applegreen service station in the village of Creeslough in Co Donegal last week, where ten people lost their lives

Garda at the scene at the Applegreen service station in the village of Creeslough in Co Donegal last week, where ten people lost their lives

Today, the scene of the tragic blast remains boarded up as investigations into the cause of the disaster continue. Father John Joe Duffy said the community had been hit by 'a tsunami of grief'

Today, the scene of the tragic blast remains boarded up as investigations into the cause of the disaster continue. Father John Joe Duffy said the community had been hit by ‘a tsunami of grief’

Emergency services walk somberly away from the scene of the Applegreen service station explosion on October 8, 2022 in Creeslough

Emergency services walk somberly away from the scene of the Applegreen service station explosion on October 8, 2022 in Creeslough

Family members follow the two hearses as the funerals of Robert Garwe, aged 50 and his daughter Shauna Flanagan Garwe, aged 5 take place today

Family members follow the two hearses as the funerals of Robert Garwe, aged 50 and his daughter Shauna Flanagan Garwe, aged 5 take place today

Jessica Gallagher, 24, had recently returned to her hometown of Creeslough from Paris. It is understood she was studying design in the French capital, but had recently moved home

Jessica Gallagher, 24, had recently returned to her hometown of Creeslough from Paris.It is understood she was studying design in the French capital, but had recently moved home

Catherine O'Donnell, 39, and her 13-year-old son James Monaghan, two of the ten victims of the explosion at Applegreen service station

Catherine O’Donnell, 39, and her 13-year-old son James Monaghan, two of the ten victims of the explosion at Applegreen service station

Leona Harper, 14, a keen rugby player, was one of the ten victims of the Creeslough blast

Martin McGill, 49, also tragically died in the disaster on October 7

Leona Harper (left), 14, a keen rugby player, and Martin McGill (right), 49, also tragically died in the disaster on October 7

Martina Martin, 49, worked at the Applegreen station and was on duty that day

Engineer James O'Flaherty, 48, was also among the victims of the blast

Martina Martin (left), 49, worked at the Applegreen station and was on duty that day; while engineer James O’Flaherty (right), 48, was also among the victims of the blast

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